Alasa, aka: Alasā, Alāsa; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Alasā (अलसा).—A deity.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 27. 38.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Alasa (अलस) refers to a “half-closed/half-opnened bud” (of a flower), as mentioned in a list of ten synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Alasa] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Alasa (अलस) refers to “one who is a lazy”, representing an undesirable characteristic of an Ācārya, according to the 9th-century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra Ādikāṇḍa chapter 3.—The Lord said:—“I will tell you about the Sthāpakas endowed with perverse qualities. He should not construct a temple with those who are avoided in this Tantra. [...] He should not be very dark, without compassion, a sinner, nor emaciated, short or lazy (alasa), he should not be injured, uncultured, agitated and not depressed. [...] A god enshrined by any of these named above (viz., alasa), is in no manner a giver of fruit. If a building for Viṣṇu is made anywhere by these excluded types (viz., alasa) then that temple will not give rise to enjoyment and liberation and will yield no reward, of this there is no doubt”.

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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alasa : (adj.) idle; lazy.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Alasa, (adj.) (a + lasa) idle, lazy, slack, slothful, languid S.I, 44, 217; Sn.96 (= jāti-alaso SnA 170); J.IV, 30; Dh.280 (= mahā-alaso DhA.III, 410). Opp. analasa vigorous, energetic S.I, 44; D.III, 190 (dakkha +); Vin.IV, 211; Nd2 141 (id.). (Page 79)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

āḷasa (आळस).—m (ālasya S) Sloth, indolence, laziness. Pr. ā0 bhikārī kuṭumbācā ghāta karī Laziness is the worst timber in a poor man's cabin. 2 Slackness of pursuit or coolness of desire after; remissness, perfunctoriness &c. See hayagaī throughout.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aḷasa (अळस).—, &c. See under आ..

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āḷasa (आळस).—m Sloth, indolence, remissness.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alasa (अलस).—a. [na lasati vyāpriyate, las-ac]

1) Inactive, without energy, lazy, idle, indolent. शठो नैष्कृतिकोऽलसः (śaṭho naiṣkṛtiko'lasaḥ) Bg.18.28.

2) Tired, fatigued, languid; मार्गश्रमादल- सशरीरे दारिके (mārgaśramādala- saśarīre dārike) M.5; Amaru.4,88; खेदालसेव (khedālaseva) K.143,197, 211,62,98; Śi.8.7; V.3.2; Dk.2. Śi.13.48;9.39; U.1.24; Ki.1.6, V.5; गमनमलसम् (gamanamalasam) Māl.1.17.

3) Soft, gentle.

4) Slow, dull (as in gait or motion); श्रोणीभारादलसगमना (śroṇībhārādalasagamanā) Me.84; तस्याः परिस्फुरितगर्भभरालसायाः (tasyāḥ parisphuritagarbhabharālasāyāḥ) U. 3.28.

-saḥ 1 A sore or ulcer between the toes. (Mar. cikhalī).

2) A kind of tree.

3) Name of a sage.

4) Name of a small poisonous animal.

-sā Name of a plant (haṃsapadā).

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Alāsa (अलास).—Inflammation and abscess at the root of the tongue. Suśr.

Derivable forms: alāsaḥ (अलासः).

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Ālasa (आलस).—a. (- f.) [आलसति ईषत् व्याप्रियते अच् (ālasati īṣat vyāpriyate ac)] Idle, lazy, slothful.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alasa (अलस).—mfn.

(-saḥ-sā-saṃ) Lazy, idle, indolent. m.

(-saḥ) 1. Swelling of the feet in elephantiasis. 2. Chaps between the toes. 3. Name of a tree. f.

(-sā) A creeping plant, (Cissus pedata.) E. a neg. lasa to work, affix ac.

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Alāsa (अलास).—m.

(-saḥ) Inflammation and abscess at the root of the tongue. E. a neg. lāsa saliva.

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Ālasa (आलस).—mfn.

(-saḥ-sī-saṃ) Idle, slothful, lazy. E. alasa idle, aṇ affix: see alasa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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